Publication number | US7657230 B2 |

Publication type | Grant |

Application number | US 10/233,096 |

Publication date | Feb 2, 2010 |

Filing date | Aug 29, 2002 |

Priority date | Aug 29, 2002 |

Fee status | Paid |

Also published as | CA2496963A1, CN1688891A, CN100552470C, EP1554597A2, US20040043726, WO2004021029A2, WO2004021029A3, WO2004021029A8 |

Publication number | 10233096, 233096, US 7657230 B2, US 7657230B2, US-B2-7657230, US7657230 B2, US7657230B2 |

Inventors | Douglas N. Rowitch |

Original Assignee | Qualcomm Incorporated |

Export Citation | BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan |

Patent Citations (12), Non-Patent Citations (2), Referenced by (2), Classifications (14), Legal Events (3) | |

External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet | |

US 7657230 B2

Abstract

A method of and system for detecting an interfering multi-path condition is provided. A parameter is determined from a pulse of a correlation function derived from a received signal. The parameter is examined to determine if it is inconsistent with a non-interfering multi-path hypothesis. If so, an interfering multi-path condition is detected.

Claims(26)

1. A method of detecting an interfering multi-path condition comprising:

determining two or more parameters of a pulse of a correlation function derived from a received signal, wherein the correlation function is determined by fitting correlation samples based on the received signal to a predetermined function to determine coefficients of the predetermined function, the parameters comprising a peak parameter for a peak of the correlation function and an adjacent parameter for a specified time offset from the peak of the correlation function, wherein the correlation function is capable of being used in determining a position of a receiver that received the signal;

determining an interpolation offset based on the peak of the correlation function and a sampled peak;

determining parameters of a non-interfering hypothesis based on the interpolation offset;

determining if a ratio of the peak parameter and adjacent parameter is inconsistent with the non-interfering hypothesis; and

detecting an interfering multi-path condition in the received signal if the ratio is determined to be inconsistent with the non-interfering hypothesis.

2. The method of claim 1 wherein the parameters further comprise the width of the pulse at a specified energy level relative to the peak level determined based on the coefficients of the predetermined function.

3. The method of claim 1 wherein the peak parameter comprises a peak energy, and the adjacent parameter comprises an energy level at the specified time offset from the peak.

4. The method of claim 2 further comprising determining if the pulse width at the specified energy level is outside a range of possible widths which are characteristic of the non-interfering multi-path hypothesis.

5. The method of claim 3 wherein determining if the ratio of the peak parameter and adjacent parameter is inconsistent with the non-interfering hypothesis comprises determining if the ratio is outside a range of possible ratios which are characteristic of the non-interfering hypothesis.

6. The method of claim 4 wherein the range of possible widths is determined from the interpolation offset for the pulse and a pre-existing relationship between the interpolation offset and the range.

7. The method of claim 5 wherein the range of possible ratios is determined from the interpolation offset for the pulse and a pre-existing relationship between the interpolation offset and the range.

8. The method of claim 6 wherein the relationship is implemented as a lookup table.

9. The method of claim 7 wherein the relationship is implemented as a lookup table.

10. A memory storing one or more lookup tables, each embodying a pre-existing relationship between an interpolated peak of a correlation function and parameters of the correlation function, the parameters comprising a peak parameter for a sampled peak of the correlation function, an interpolation offset of a time offset between the interpolated peak and the sampled peak, and an adjacent parameter for a specified time offset from the sampled peak of the correlation function, the pre-existing relationship being characteristic of a non-interfering multi-path condition.

11. The memory of claim 10 wherein the lookup tables further embody a pre-existing relationship between the width of the correlation function at a specified energy level relative to the peak energy level that is characteristic of a non-interfering multi-path condition.

12. The memory of claim 10 wherein the pre-existing relationship is the ratio of peak energy to an energy level located at the specified time offset from the peak.

13. A system comprising a processor and the memory of claim 10 , where the processor is configured to access the one or more lookup tables stored in the memory, and thereby determine whether an interfering multi-path condition is present in relation to a pulse of a correlation function stored in the memory.

14. A memory storing a sequence of software instructions embodying a method of detecting an interfering multi-path condition, the method comprising:

determining two or more parameters of a pulse of a correlation function derived from a received signal, wherein the correlation function is determined by fitting correlation samples based on the received signal to a predetermined function to determine coefficients of the predetermined function, the parameters comprising a peak parameter for a peak of the correlation function and an adjacent parameter for a specified time offset from the peak of the correlation function, wherein the correlation function, is capable of being used in determining a position of a receiver that received the signal;

determining an interpolation offset based on the peak of the correlation function and a sampled peak;

determining parameters of a non-interfering hypothesis based on the interpolation offset;

determining if a ratio of the peak parameter and adjacent parameter is inconsistent with the non-interfering hypothesis; and

detecting an interfering multi-path condition in the received signal if the ratio is determined to be inconsistent with the non-interfering hypothesis.

15. The memory of claim 14 wherein the parameters further comprise pulse width at a specified energy level relative to the peak level.

16. The memory of claim 15 further comprising determining if the pulse width at the specified energy level is outside a range of possible widths which are characteristic of the non-interfering multi-path hypothesis.

17. The memory of claim 16 wherein the range of possible widths is determined from the interpolation offset for the pulse and a pre-existing relationship between the interpolation offset and the range.

18. The memory of claim 17 wherein the relationship is implemented as a lookup table.

19. The memory of claim 14 wherein the peak parameter comprises a peak energy, and the adjacent parameter comprises an energy level at the specified time offset from the peak.

20. The memory of claim 19 wherein determining if the ratio of the peak parameter and adjacent parameter is inconsistent with the non-interfering hypothesis determining if the ratio is outside a range of possible ratios which are characteristic of the non-interfering hypothesis.

21. The memory of claim 20 wherein the range of possible ratios is determined from the interpolation offset for the pulse and a pre-existing relationship between the interpolation offset and the range.

22. The memory of claim 21 wherein the relationship is implemented as a lookup table.

23. A system comprising a processor and the memory of claim 14 , wherein the processor is configured to access and execute the software instructions stored in the memory, and thereby determine whether an interfering multi-path condition is present in relation to a pulse of a correlation function stored in the memory.

24. A method of detecting an interfering multi-path condition comprising:

a step for determining two or more parameters of a pulse of a correlation function derived from a received signal, wherein the correlation function is determined by fitting correlation samples based on the received signal to a predetermined function to determine coefficients of the predetermined function, the parameters comprising a peak parameter for a peak of the correlation function and an adjacent parameter for a specified time offset from the peak of the correlation function, wherein the correlation function is capable of being used in determining a position of a receiver that received the signal;

a step for determining an interpolation offset based on the peak of the correlation function and a sampled peak;

a step for determining parameters of a non-interfering hypothesis based on the interpolation offset;

a step for determining if a ratio of the peak parameter and adjacent parameter is inconsistent with the non-interfering hypothesis; and

a step for detecting an interfering multi-path condition in the received signal if the ratio is determined to be inconsistent with the non-interfering hypothesis.

25. An apparatus for detecting an interfering multi-path condition, comprising:

means for determining two or more parameters of a pulse of a correlation function derived from a received signal, wherein the correlation function is determined by fitting correlation samples based on the received signal to a predetermined function to determine coefficients of the predetermined function, the parameters comprising a peak parameter for a peak of the correlation function and an adjacent parameter for a specified time offset from the peak of the correlation function, wherein the correlation function is capable of being used in determining a position of a receiver that received the signal;

means for determining an interpolation offset based on the peak of the correlation function and a sampled peak;

means for determining parameters of a non-interfering hypothesis based on the interpolation offset;

means for determining if a ratio of the peak parameter and adjacent parameter is inconsistent with the non-interfering hypothesis; and

means for detecting an interfering multi-path condition in the received signal if the ratio is determined to be inconsistent with the non-interfering hypothesis.

26. A method of detecting an interfering multi-path condition comprising:

sampling a received signal to generate a plurality of sampled signals;

correlating the sampled signals to a predetermined PN code to generate a plurality of correlation samples;

determining a correlation function based on fitting a quadratic function to the correlation samples;

determining an interpolation offset based on a peak of the correlation function and a sampled peak;

mapping the interpolation offset to two or more parameters of a pulse of the correlation function;

determining values for the two or more parameters of the pulse of the correlation function based on coefficients of the correlation function;

determining if a relationship between at least two of the parameters is inconsistent with a non-interfering hypothesis; and

detecting an interfering multi-path condition in the received signal if the relationship is determined to be inconsistent with the non-interfering hypothesis.

Description

This invention relates to the fields of position determination and GPS geo-location systems, and, more specifically, to procedures for detecting multi-path conditions which may introduce error into the position determination process.

The GPS geo-location system is a system of earth orbiting satellites from which entities visible to the satellites are able to determine their position. Each of the satellites transmits a signal marked with a repeating pseudo-random noise (PN) code of 1,023 chips uniquely identifying the satellite. The 1,023 chips repeat every millisecond. The signal is also modulated with data bits, where each data bit has a 20 ms duration in the modulated signal.

**100** in a wireless communications system receives transmissions from GPS satellites **102** *a*, **102** *b*, **102** *c*, **102** *d *visible to the station, and derives time measurements from four or more of the transmissions. The station **100** then communicates the measurements to position determination entity (PDE) **104**, which determines the position of the station **100** from these measurements. Alternatively, subscriber station **100** determines its own position from these measurements.

The station **100** searches for a transmission from a particular satellite by correlating the PN code for the satellite with a received signal. The received signal is typically a composite of transmissions from one or more satellites visible to the station's receiver in the presence of noise. The correlation is performed over a range of possible shifts of the PN code known as the search window W. Each correlation is performed over an integration time I which may be expressed as the product of N_{c }and M, where N_{c }is the coherent integration time, and M is number of coherent integrations which are non-coherently combined.

The correlation values are associated with the corresponding PN code shifts to define a correlation function. Any peaks in the correlation function are located, and compared to a predetermined noise threshold selected so that the false alarm probability is at or below a predetermined value. A time measurement for the satellite is derived from the earliest non-sidelobe peak in the correlation function which exceeds the threshold.

**200** and one or more side-lobes **202**. The time **206** associated with the peak **204** of the main lobe forms the time measurement for the correlation function.

Due to the asynchronous relationship between the sampling clock and the actual peak, there is often a divergence between the sampled peak of the correlation function and the actual peak. This situation is illustrated in **300** *a*, and the actual peak is identified with numeral **304**. As can be seen, the two deviate from one another.

An interpolation procedure can be applied to the samples of the correlation function in an effort to better estimate the location of the actual peak. In quadratic interpolation, a quadratic function is fitted to several samples of the correlation function. An interpolated peak is then located from the coefficients of the quadratic function. The interpolated peak is often closer to the actual peak than the sampled peak.

The process of locating the peak of the correlation function is complicated when certain multi-path conditions are present. The reason is that an accurate time measurement is the time associated with the line of sight peak in the correlation function, but the peaks introduced by the multi-path condition may interfere with the line of sight peak, making it difficult or impossible to determine the time associated with this peak.

**404** and a multi-path rendering **406** of the same transmission from GPS satellite **400** are received at a GPS receiver within subscriber station **402**. The multi-path rendering **406** occurs due to reflection from building **408**. The multi-path rendering **406** arrives at the GPS receiver after the line of sight rendering **404** since it must travel a longer distance.

These renderings will introduce multiple peaks in the ensuing correlation function since both renderings are modulated with the same PN code. If the peaks are separated widely in time, typically by 1.5 chips or more, and do not interfere with one another, the time associated with the earlier line of sight peak may be determined and form the time measurement for the correlation function.

However, if the peaks occur close enough in time that they interfere with one another, it may not be possible to determine the time associated with the earlier line of sight peak. In this case, an accurate time measurement may not be possible.

**506** *a *and **506** *b*, interfere with one another such that, in the resultant correlation function **508**, the individual peaks cannot be distinguished from one another or the resultant correlation function. The peak **510** of the correlation function is located and the time **502** associated with this peak forms the time measurement for the correlation function. This value deviates from the time **504** associated with the line of sight peak **506** *a*. Consequently, if the value **502** is used in the position determination process, an erroneous result will ensue.

This error can be significant. Consider histogram **600** of

This degree of error is inconsistent with the FCC's mandate that subscriber stations, for 911 call purposes, be capable of estimating or having estimated their locations with sufficient accuracy such that the estimates are accurate to within 50 m 68% of the time, and are accurate to within 150 m 95% of the time.

A method is described of detecting an interfering multi-path condition. An interfering multi-path condition is one in which line of sight and multi-path signals are received sufficiently close in time to one another that the line of sight peak cannot be distinguished from the multi-path peak in the ensuing correlation function. Such multi-path is often referred to as “short” multi-path.

A pulse of a correlation function derived from a received signal is located. Then, a parameter of the pulse is determined. The parameter is analyzed to determine if it is inconsistent with a non-interfering hypothesis. The non-interfering hypothesis is the hypothesis that the pulse is derived from a line-of-sight signal not subject to an interfering multi-path condition.

If the parameter is inconsistent with the non-interfering hypothesis, an interfering multi-path condition is detected.

In one example, a width test is employed to detect an interfering multi-path condition. According to this test, the width of the pulse at a selected energy offset from the peak energy is determined. This pulse width is then compared with a range of possible widths which are characteristic of a non-interfering hypothesis. If the width is outside this range, an interfering multi-path condition is detected.

In a second example, a ratio test is employed to detect an interfering multi-path condition. According to this test, the ratio of the peak energy to the energy at a selected time offset from the peak is determined. This ratio is then compared with a range of possible ratios which are characteristic of a non-interfering hypothesis. If the ratio is outside the range, an interfering multi-path condition is detected.

In a third example, a plurality of ratios is determined, each at a different time offset from the peak. Each ratio is compared to a range of possible ratios which are characteristic of a non-interfering hypothesis. If one ratio is outside its corresponding range, an interfering multi-path condition is detected.

In a fourth example, a combination of the width and ratio tests is employed to detect an interfering multi-path condition. In this example, an interfering multi-path condition is detected if either test is satisfied.

In one application, once an interfering multi-path condition has been detected, any time measurement derived from the correlation function is either discarded or de-weighted in a subsequent position determination process. In another application, once an interfering multi-path has been detected, the correlation function is corrected so that the line-of-sight peak can be distinguished from the other peaks. A time measurement is derived from this peak and used in the position determination process.

The components in the figures are not necessarily to scale, emphasis instead being placed upon illustrating the principles of the invention. In the figures, like reference numerals designate corresponding parts throughout the different views.

As utilized herein, terms such as “about” and “substantially” are intended to allow some leeway in mathematical exactness to account for tolerances that are acceptable in the trade. Accordingly, any deviations upward or downward from the value modified by the terms “about” or “substantially” in the range of 1% to 20% should be considered to be explicitly within the scope of the stated value.

Moreover, as used herein, the term “software” includes source code, assembly language code, binary code, firmware, macro-instructions, micro-instructions, or the like, or any combination of two or more of the foregoing.

Furthermore, the term “memory” refers to any processor-readable medium, including but not limited to RAM, ROM, EPROM, PROM, EEPROM, disk, floppy disk, hard disk, CD-ROM, DVD, or the like, or any combination of two or more of the foregoing, on which may be stored a series of software instructions executable by a processor.

The terms “processor” or “CPU” refer to any device capable of executing a series of instructions and includes, without limitation, a general- or special-purpose microprocessor, finite state machine, controller, computer, digital signal processor (DSP), or the like.

The method begins after a correlation function has been derived from a received signal. In one implementation, the received signal is a composite of signals transmitted from one or more GPS satellites visible to the receiver. In this implementation, the correlation function is derived by correlating the received signal with a PN code for one of the satellites over a range of shifts of the PN code within a predetermined search window W.

The method begins in step **702**. Step **702** comprises determining one or more parameters of a pulse in the correlation function. In one implementation, the pulse is a potential line-of-sight pulse. A potential line-of-sight pulse is a pulse with may be derived from a line of sight transmission.

Referring to **702** is the width w of the pulse a specified energy offset Δ_{1 }from the sampled peak energy **303** *a*. Assuming quadratic interpolation is applied to the samples **300** *a*, **300** *b*, and **300** *c*, this width may conveniently be determined from the resulting quadratic coefficients a, b, c in the quadratic formula y=ax^{2}+bx+c.

More specifically, the following formula may be used to determine the width w of the pulse at an arbitrary K_{1 }dB down from the sampled peak:

where a is the quadratic coefficient, y_{0 }is equal to y(−b/2a), and K is equal to

Alternatively, the following formula may be used to estimate the squared width w* about 1.25 dB down from the sampled peak:

This formula, unlike (1) above, does not depend on y_{0 }or K, and is therefore computationally efficient.

Referring again to **702** is the ratio of the sampled peak energy **300** *a *to the sampled energy a selected time offset from the peak. One example of this ratio, associated with the time offset Δ_{2}, is the ratio of the sampled peak energy **300** *a *to the sampled energy **300** *b*. A second example of this ratio, associated with the time offset Δ_{3}, is the ratio of the sampled peak energy **300** *a *to the sampled energy **300** *d. *

Returning to **702**, the method proceeds to step **704**. In step **704**, the method determines whether the one or more parameters determined in step **702** are consistent with a non-interfering hypothesis. A non-interfering hypothesis is the hypothesis that the pulse is derived from a line-of-sight signal not subject to an interfering multi-path condition.

From step **704**, the method proceeds to step **706**. In step **706**, an interfering multi-path condition is detected if, in step **704**, the one or more parameters are determined to be inconsistent with the non-interfering hypothesis. In one example of step **706**, the interfering multi-path condition is indicated by setting a flag.

In one embodiment, step **704** is performed by comparing one or more of the parameters determined in step **702** with a corresponding range of possible values which are characteristic of a non-interfering hypothesis. If a parameter is outside its corresponding range, an interfering multi-path condition is determined to be present.

In one implementation of this embodiment, the range which is employed in step **704** has a relationship with and depends on the interpolation offset. In one example, the interpolation offset is the time offset between the interpolated and sampled peaks of a pulse of the correlation function. In _{3 }is the time offset between the interpolated peak **322**, derived by performing quadratic interpolation to the samples **314** *a*, **314** *c*, **314** *e *of the correlation pulse **312**, and the sampled peak **314** *c*. Similarly, the interpolation offset Δ_{4 }is the time offset between the interpolated peak **320**, derived by performing quadratic interpolation to the samples **314** *b*, **314** *d*, and **314** *f *of the correlation pulse **312**, and the sampled peak **314** *d. *

In one implementation example, the relationship between interpolation offset and the parameter range exists because of the divergence between the shape of the pulse and the shape of a true quadratic function. In **312** deviates from that of a parabola, as identified with numerals **316**, **318**.

In one example, a width test is employed to detect whether there is an interfering multi-path condition. According to this test, quadratic interpolation is applied to the peak sample and the two adjacent samples of the pulse, and the width of the pulse is determined from the coefficients of the resulting quadratic function. The interpolation offset for the pulse is also determined. The interpolation offset is then used as an index to a look-up table. The lookup table is accessed and returns a range of possible widths which are characteristic of a non-interfering hypothesis. The width of the pulse is then compared with this range. If outside the range, an interfering multi-path condition is detected.

**802** *a*, **802** *b*, **802** *c *in the table is a range of values of the parameter w*. As previously mentioned, the parameter w* is the squared pulse width approximately 1.25 dB down from the sampled peak. It may be computed from the coefficients c and a through application of the formula (2) above.

Each range in the table is characteristic of a non-interfering hypothesis. In this particular example, the non-interfering hypothesis is the hypothesis that the line of sight peak and any multi-path peak in the correlation function are separated by more than 1.5 chips. Each range in the table was determined through simulation. However, it should be appreciated that embodiments are possible where the ranges are determined analytically. It should also be appreciated that these ranges are heavily dependent on the shape of the pulse resulting from the correlation procedure.

There are 20 entries in the table. The first entry **802** *a *is associated with the index 0, the second **802** *b *with the index 1, the third **802** *c *with the index 2, and so on, such that the last entry **802** *d *is associated with the index 19.

To access the table, the interpolation offset is determined from the pulse and mapped into one of these index values. Then, the index is used to retrieve a range from the lookup table. In the particular example illustrated, the mapping is as follows:

cpind = 0 | −0.525 <= icp < −0.475 | ||

cpind = 1 | −0.475 <= icp < −0.425 | ||

cpind = 2 | −0.425 <= icp < −0.375 | ||

. | . | ||

. | . | ||

. | . | ||

cpind = 19 | 0.425 <= icp < 0.475 | ||

Here, cpind is the table index, and icp is the measured interpolation offset in terms of chips. Also, values of icp which are less than −0.525 are mapped to cpind=0, and values of icp which equal or exceed 0.475 are mapped to cpind=19. The following pseudo-code also embodies this mapping:

Applying this pseudo-code, an interpolation offset of 0.2 chips maps to an index of 14. The table entry in

In a second example, a ratio test is employed to detect whether there is an interfering multi-path condition. According to this test, a ratio of the sampled peak energy to the sampled energy a selected time offset from the peak is determined. The interpolation offset is determined and used as an index to a look-up table. The access returns a range of possible ratios which are characteristic of a non-interfering hypothesis. The ratio is compared to the range, and if outside the range, an interfering multi-path condition is detected.

In one embodiment, this process is performed for a plurality of ratios, each associated with a different time offset from the peak. In this embodiment, an access to the lookup table yields a plurality of ranges, one for each of the ratios. An interfering multi-path condition is detected if one of the ratios is outside its corresponding range. Alternatively, it should be appreciated that an embodiment is possible where an interfering multi-path condition is detected only if two or more of the ratios are outside their corresponding ranges.

**904** *a*, **904** *b*, **904** *c *in the table comprises eight (8) ranges **906** *a*, **906** *b*, **906** *c*, each for a different time offset from the peak. Each range is characteristic of a non-interfering hypothesis for a particular time offset. In this particular example, the non-interfering hypothesis is the hypothesis that the line of sight peak and any multi-path peak in the ensuing correlation function are separated by more than 1.5 chips. Each of these ranges was determined through simulation. However, it should be appreciated than an embodiment is possible where the ranges are determined analytically. Again, these ranges are heavily dependent on the shape of the pulse resulting from the correlation procedure.

Each entry in the table is associated with a row index. For example, the first entry **904** *a *is associated with the row index 0, the second entry **904** *b *with the row index 1, and the third entry **904** *c *with the row index 2.

To access the table, the interpolation offset is determined and then mapped into one of the row index values using the identical mapping to that set forth above in relation to the table of

Next, the time offset used in forming a ratio is mapped into a column index. This column index mapping is as follows:

ppind = 0 | 2 chips early | ||

ppind = 1 | 1.5 chips early | ||

ppind = 2 | 1 chip early | ||

ppind = 3 | 0.5 chips early | ||

ppind = 4 | 0.5 chips late | ||

ppind = 5 | 1 chip late | ||

ppind = 6 | 1.5 chips late | ||

ppind = 7 | 2 chips late | ||

Here, ppind refers to the column index. The column index is used to select one of the ranges associated with a row index.

In one application of the foregoing, an interpolation offset of 0.2 chips maps to a row index of 14, and a time offset of 1.5 chips late maps to a column index of 6. The range in

If any one of the eight (8) tests represented by a table entry fails, then the ratio tests fails. However, it should be appreciated than an embodiment is possible in which the ratio test fails only if two or more of the tests fail.

In a third example, both the width and ratio tests are employed. In this example, an interfering multi-path condition is detected if the pulse width is outside the range of possible widths which are characteristic of a non-interfering hypothesis, or if any one of the calculated ratios is outside its corresponding range which is characteristic of a non-interfering hypothesis.

An embodiment of a system for detecting an interfering multi-path condition is illustrated in **1002** and memory **1004**. The memory **1004** tangibly embodies a series of instructions for performing the method of **1004**.

In one implementation, a lookup table is stored in memory **1004** which implements a pre-existing relationship between interpolation offset and a parameter range characteristic of an interfering multi-path condition. In this implementation, the processor **1002** determines an interpolation offset for a pulse of a correlation function stored in the memory. Processor **1002** also determines a parameter for the pulse. The processor **1002** uses the interpolation offset to determine a parameter range from the lookup table which is inconsistent with a non-interfering multi-path condition. The processor **1002** compares the parameter to this range, and if outside the range, detects an interfering multi-path condition.

An embodiment of a subscriber station in a wireless communication system is illustrated in

Radio transceiver **1106** is configured to modulate baseband information, such as voice or data, onto an RF carrier, and demodulate a modulated RF carrier to obtain baseband information.

An antenna **1110** is configured to transmit a modulated RF carrier over a wireless communications link and receive a modulated RF carrier over a wireless communications link.

Baseband processor **1108** is configured to provide baseband information from CPU **1102** to transceiver **1106** for transmission over a wireless communications link. CPU **1102** in turn obtains this baseband information from an input device within user interface **1116**. Baseband processor **1108** is also configured to provide baseband information from transceiver **1106** to CPU **1102**. CPU **1102** in turn provides this baseband information to an output device within user interface **1116**.

User interface **1116** comprises a plurality of devices for inputting or outputting user information such as voice or data. The devices typically included within the user interface include a keyboard, a display screen, a microphone, and a speaker.

GPS receiver **1112** is configured to receive and demodulate GPS satellite transmissions, and provide the demodulated information to correlator **1118**.

Correlator **1118** is configured to derive GPS correlation functions from the information provided to it by GPS receiver **1112**. For a given PN code, correlator **1118** produces a correlation function which is defined over a range of code phases which define a search window W. Each individual correlation is performed in accordance with defined coherent and non-coherent integration parameters (N_{c}, M).

Correlator **1118** is also configured to derived pilot-related correlation functions from information relating to pilot signals provided to it by transceiver **1106**. This information is used by the subscriber station to acquire wireless communications services.

Channel decoder **1120** is configured to decode channel symbols provided to it by baseband processor **1108** into underlying source bits. In one example, where the channel symbols are convolutionally encoded symbols, the channel decoder is a Viterbi decoder. In a second example, where the channel symbols are serial or parallel concatenations of convolutional codes, the channel decoder **1120** is a turbo decoder.

Memory **1104** in configured to hold software instructions embodying the method of **1102** is configured to access and execute these software instructions to detect an interfering multi-path condition in relation to GPS correlation functions provided to it by correlator **1118**.

Memory **1104** is also configured to hold one or more lookup tables, each embodying a relationship which exists between interpolation error and a parameter range which is characteristic of an interfering multi-path condition. Examples include a lookup table for implementing a width test and a lookup table for implementing a ratio test. CPU **1102** is configured to access and utilize one or more of these lookup tables to determine a parameter range which corresponds to a particular interpolation offset, and use this range to determine whether an interfering multi-path condition is present.

CPU **1102** is configured to derive measurements from the peaks of the GPS correlation functions provided to it by correlator **1118**, and detect whether an interfering multi-path condition in present in relation to any of these peaks using the method of

CPU **1102** is also configured derive time measurements from these peaks, and the root mean square error (RMSE) associated with each of these time measurements.

These measurements and RMSE values are provided to a PDE (not shown). The PDE weights each of the measurements based on the inverse of its corresponding RMSE value, and then estimates the location the subscriber station based on the weighted measurements. Alternatively, the subscriber station determines its own location from this information.

In one embodiment, the CPU **1102** flags time measurements derived from peaks which are subject to an interfering multi-path condition, and these measurements are either ignored or de-weighted in the position determination process. Alternatively, the CPU **1102** corrects the peaks which are subject an interfering multi-path condition so that accurate time measurements may be derived from them. These measurements are then used in the position determination process.

While various embodiments, implementations and examples have been described, it will be apparent to those of ordinary skill in the art that many more embodiments, implementations and examples are possible that are within the scope of this invention. In particular, embodiments are possible where an interfering multi-path condition is detected in relation to signals transmitted by base stations in wireless communications systems, including omni base stations and individual sectors in a multi-sector cell, or signals transmitted by combinations of base stations and GPS satellites. Consequently, the invention is not to be limited except in relation to the appended claims.

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Classifications

U.S. Classification | 455/65, 455/67.11, 455/63.1, 375/254 |

International Classification | H04B1/707, G01S1/00, H04L1/00, H04B1/00, H04B17/00, G01S19/46, G01S19/21 |

Cooperative Classification | H04L1/0065, H04L1/0059, G01S19/22 |

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